Monthly Archives: April 2016

Fort Hood Nightmare

From the Inbox, Save Our Heroes was asked to share this tragic story to let others know the nightmare that this military family has endured. “My husband was a MSG at Fort Hood with 19 years 8 months in the Army when he was court martialed. His ex-wife and daughter accused him of molestation 4 years prior. The prosecutor dug until he found any little thing to make my husband look [...]

By |2016-04-21T11:40:09+00:00April 21st, 2016|False Allegations, Military Justice|0 Comments

Burden of Proof

Did you know that a woman’s word alone in the military can mean “guilty beyond a reasonable doubt” in regards to sex offenses? Many “He said, she said” cases have resulted in convictions for the accused service member without any other supporting evidence. In some cases, even after the victim is impeached on the stand by a military judge, the accused is still convicted by a military jury. As General Woodward [...]

By |2016-04-20T18:11:00+00:00April 20th, 2016|Education, Military Justice|0 Comments

SAPR message missed the mark

SAPR message missed the mark. "We recently posted a series of photos about Lakenheath Victim Advocates that received an emotional response. We took the album down for two reasons: one, I think we missed the mark on this piece, and two, the comments on this were getting out of control. Make no doubt, I support these Airmen who are Victim Advocates. They are putting themselves into incredibly delicate and uncomfortable situations [...]

By |2016-04-20T18:08:48+00:00April 20th, 2016|Military Sexual Assault Prevention|0 Comments

Presumption of Innocence

Believe the victim is a term so commonly uttered in the context of sexual assault prosecutions that it’s approaching a cliche. But “one of the fundamental tenets of our criminal justice system requires that we start by believing, not the accuser, but the accused—a concept more commonly known as the presumption of innocence.” Colonel Daniel J. Higgins  

By |2016-04-19T11:42:26+00:00April 19th, 2016|Quotes|0 Comments

How does General Woodward make the slightest bit of sense?

How does General Woodward make the slightest bit of sense? At a Chief of Staff summit in regards to sexual assault, Major General Margaret Woodward wants all commanders to “start by believing.” Believe there is a problem, and believe victims when they come forward. This doesn’t go contrary to “innocent until proven guilty,” but balances the rights of the accused with the critical act of believing the victims throughout the process” [...]

By |2016-04-18T10:56:32+00:00April 18th, 2016|Military Justice, Quotes|0 Comments

The Accused the Unacknowledged Victim of the Military’s Robust Prosecution of Sexual Assault

The Accused the Unacknowledged Victim of the Military’s Robust Prosecution of Sexual Assault. This is an excellent read for those in the military, are considering joining or anyone for that matter. Click the link, article starts on page 8, please read this will give you one hell of an education. What happens to someone accused of a crime? “When military authorities act to dispose of cases, it is important to be [...]

By |2016-04-18T10:33:29+00:00April 18th, 2016|Education, False Allegations, Military Justice|0 Comments

550% increase in preferral of court-martial charges as a response to allegations of sexual assault

550% increase in preferral of court-martial charges as a response to allegations of sexual assault.  Department of Defense-wide statistics reveal that instances of preferral of court-martial charges as a response to allegations of sexual assault have risen by over 550% between fiscal year 2007 and fiscal year 2014. In 2007, charges were preferred in 180 eligible sexual assault cases. In 2014, charges were preferred in 998 eligible cases. (DoD Report on [...]

By |2016-04-18T10:31:37+00:00April 18th, 2016|Education, Military Justice|0 Comments

Legal Myths Saga…Police are objective in their investigations

Legal Myths Saga…Police are objective in their investigations. “In many ways, this is the bedrock assumption of our criminal justice process. Police investigators have vast discretion about what leads to pursue, which witnesses to interview, what forensic tests to conduct and countless other aspects of the investigation. Police also have a unique opportunity to manufacture or destroy evidence, influence witnesses, extract confessions and otherwise direct the investigation so as to stack [...]

By |2016-04-15T12:27:39+00:00April 15th, 2016|Education|0 Comments

Legal Myths Saga…The prosecution is at a substantial disadvantage because it must prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt

Legal Myths Saga…The prosecution is at a substantial disadvantage because it must prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. “Juries are routinely instructed that the defendant is presumed innocent and the prosecution must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, but we don’t really know whether either of these instructions has an effect on the average juror. Do jurors understand the concept of a presumption? If so, do they understand how a [...]

By |2016-04-15T12:10:15+00:00April 15th, 2016|Education|0 Comments

Is dying by lethal injection peaceful?

Is dying by lethal injection peaceful? Do lethal injections or any execution make sense, when studies show 5.1% of death row inmates are perhaps innocent? "Misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and peaceful." Judge Kozinski said that we should revert to more primitive methods like the guillotine, electric chair, gas chamber, and firing squads because they are accurate and do not mask the brutality. [...]

By |2016-04-15T12:08:08+00:00April 15th, 2016|Education|0 Comments